Will 2007 be the year noted for the explosion of use for web video? Was it 2006? We just completed a 2 day conference on this at NMC, and I have this dreadful pile of great content I feel like I should get into and start discovering on my own. As soon as I can find that leap day, a secret un-committed 24 hours per week I can sneak into the calendar, maybe “Webday” can be inserted without much notice right before “Thursday”?
In our conference, the platform that worked the best for pushing web video out in Elluminate ( as a web tour) was content from YouTube. So surprise at all consider their value measured in GoogleDollars. But is it easy to find educational content in YouTube? As category or tag, its a mixed bag as to what surfaces as “educational”.
So enter a new site, TeacherTube which is almost a dead ringer for YouTube in all aspects, except they are aiming to be purely content for/by educators. Is it a piece of the Googleplex? Doesn’t appear so as a whois search leads to a webhost in Houston. Is it sanctioned by Google? Cannot tell.
I’ve not yet taken much time to sniff out the content, but the front page looks like it might be a rich source. Will it be more free of the curft and crud at YouTube? Will the comments be less incendiary? Time will tell. But let me know what you think… is it worthy to have as its own silo?
Beth has some screencasts there (and see her excellent Screencasting Primer)… I tried to load my wobbly google reader screencast but the upload speeds on my satellite connection pooped out on me. Or now as I try to even get back to the TeacherTube page I cannot even connect this morning.
A linktribution goes to David Warlick. Nice find!